Bring Me The Horizon has announced a brand new album called That's The Spirit, and just before that announcement came another new song. This one is called "Throne" and how it was brought to our attention was actually Rock Sound magazine posting an article with a title of "Bring Me The Horizon is being cryptic again."
Come to find out, they were referring to "Throne", the second song to be released off of "That's The Spirit."
Pretty quick into the video, you can see why they said that. There's signs of churches, coffins, band members, harpists with cages on their faces, ect.
"Every scar will build my throne." As someone with the words "Our scars remind us that the past is real", written forever in ink on their arm, I cannot agree more and simply love it. What they appear to be saying with this song is that they're not letting someone else's words tear them down. Instead, they are going to let that drive them to move onto greater things.
"I'll leave you choking on every word you left unspoken. Rebuild all that you've broken."
If this and "Happy Song" say anything for the new album, then Bring Me The Horizon has outdone themselves. The lyrics so far are powerful, and can easily be related to, and the sound is great. They appear to be keeping the sound that made its full debut on their last album, Sempiternal, and because of that, we are highly intrigued.
The album, That's The Spirit will be out on September 11. For further information, please click here! The album will be released roughly three weeks before they embark on a tour with Issues, and hit up a few festivals, so there's a high chance of songs like "Happy Song", "Throne" and others off of the new album will be played live.
"Maybe its time to change, and leave it all behind. I've never been one to walk alone, I've always been scared to try. So why does it feel so wrong to reach for something more? To wanna live a better life, what am I waiting for? 'Cause nothing stays the same. Maybe its time to change." -Maybe, Sick Puppies
Maybe it is time for a change, but I am not ready to leave it all behind. Life is all about change after all, and it only makes sense. Life experiences change who we are, and nobody is the exact same person they were last week, last month, or last year. Its been four years since the official start of Immortal Music as it is known today, and six years since the idea started getting thrown together.
This is a dream I never knew I had, and there's been so many ideas surrounding it that have yet to come into existence. Some, admittedly, I have lost interest in, but I accepted long ago that they can't all happen at once. I am only one person, therefor, its just not possible. Somehow though, even though I accepted that fact, I never accepted the fact that in order for things to expand a chapter may have to end. The other day though, I was discussing Immortal Music matters with my mother, and I told her I have lately felt more drawn to the photography aspect of this whole thing. I got a bit burned out on the writing aspect, therefor it got put on the backburner. I've been very aware of the lack of content, and have been quite concerned that its going to start taking a toll on the offers I get. That scares me, because its not that I don't care, its just.....this is supposed to be fun, and it is, but lately its felt like a chore. Trying to find time to write about stuff I may not actually be drawn to, for only a few people to even respond, has become somewhat of a chore.
I love covering the shows, and I love sharing my thoughts, and getting feedback from those who choose to provide it. I love being able to help others, musicians and just those in need alike, but am I really helping anyone if I'm just writing to "get something up"? I don't think I am, not properly anyways.
Here's the thing, I think if I could sit on the computer all day like I used to, and I had time to write several things a day, and post news, and review a couple albums in a day, I would feel differently. But, I have a job that I love, and its quite demanding on its own. I am not at it seven days a week, but when I am there, I'm doing everything that I can. I'm one of the go-to people and am training to be a manager, so that keeps me very busy. Plus I am still doing things with Remedy, and have friends I try to see sometimes. So, I've noticed when I come home finally, I honestly don't want to work more, I want to veg and scroll through Pintrest and catch up on YouTubers. I generally mean to just unwind for an hour or two, eat something in this process, and then get to work on writing, but....it never happens.
I've found reviews on and off since the start of this all to be a chore, unless I was overly interested in the album to begin with, and I generally miss the news when its new now, because of work, so by the time I can post about it -there's little to no point. When I happen to catch something when it hasn't been talked about a billion times already, I do post it, but I do often feel like I can just repost a link from some other outlet on the page and give my own thoughts later on if need be. Over all though, it just hasn't seemed necessary lately, and my passion has gravitated from constant coverage, to the art forms of it. Like I said earlier, I have been more drawn to the photography aspects of things lately and that has come from covering so many shows and recently getting an incredible camera. Its also come from being incredibly busy and just not having enough time.
And I'm not losing interest all together. I'm not depressed, and its not that I don't care. I just am running short on time and sometimes priorities change. When I felt myself losing interest, I did wonder if I was starting to get stuck in a rut and therefor getting depressed -that's not the case. I'm fine, just priorities are changing. And this does not mean I'm never going to write, because that's not true. From time to time, I still will, but I just have decided I'm not going to stress myself out about getting content up constantly because that's what's burned me out! I have thought of getting someone else to help write some content, but I am still struggling with that too because this has always been my thing and I am not sure just yet if I'm ready to share it. I'm sorry if that sounds incredibly selfish, but its true. This is my thing and its come super far, and I'm just not ready to share that with someone yet. Plus, there's a certain way to things I like to have, and I haven't found many people that seem to fit in with what I have in mind. I am planning on getting other writers at some point, just to keep the ball rolling as I work on other things, but for right now, I think I just want to roll with how life is going, and see where it takes me for now.
I don't know. Thank you, guys for still being there, and for understanding. I am working on some big things, like I do have merch, and am trying to figure out the online selling aspect, and I may be getting to cover a massive festival on the other side of the country soon. Things aren't going away, they're just changing. There's a lot of projects going on right now, and you're not going to be left out, I just have to figure it all out and get a good balance going on.
To quote a good friend of mine, "Such is life."
Band merch. This is something most music lovers love, and practically live in. I am no different there, and actually have way too much of it. Yet, somehow I keep getting more. I have to show my love for bands, I suppose as most of my wardrobe is band merch. The parts that aren't band merch are humorous, music related of some sort, or barely ever worn. When you look in my closet, you basically see a black hole with specks of color -because I only wear black basically.
Much like everyone else, right? I think most people these days live in black. I rarely see anyone in color anymore, unless its in the details of the design. I have no idea why this is, but it happens and this is about the majority of my wardrobe. See?
Now you probably saw that and automatically thought something along the lines of, "Holy shit, that's a lot of merch." If so, then you are absolutely correct, it is a lot. When I laid it all out, I actually had no clue how much was actually there, so I took the time to basically take inventory of it all. I then discovered there's 72 pieces in total, and all but one piece is pictured here. I actually decided to break it down to see how much I had for each band, which you can see later on.
But first, here's the main point of this blog. Everyone has their favorite articles of clothing, and here I have pulled out some of my favorite pieces of band merch to talk about. I want to see what your favorites are too! Please be sure to show me over on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
I got this on January 10, 2015, which was the first time I got to see Papa Roach after missing them several times. I saw it and instantly needed it. Its extremely comfortable, and it goes back and forth with me to work every day. Which is why it wasn't included in the picture of all the merch together...when I took that, it was sitting in the back room of my work. Oops. Its much loved, and I don't see that changing at all.
I got this tank top the same night, and frankly, I wear it a lot. Ironic, right? Get a tank top and a jacket in the same night. Welcome to Florida, ladies and gentlemen. Anyways, I also have a t-shirt that matches this (See if you can spot it in the picture of it all!) that has red where the purple is. I got that at Fort Rock, just a few months later. I don't wear that one as much though, the tank top is cooler. Quite literally, actually.
Ah, the Boner shirt. Ignore the fact that this is an old picture, clearly in an old house. I couldn't seem to get a good picture of it, so I just used the one I took when I got it. I have many good memories connecting to this shirt, as I get funny looks every time I wear it in public. That amuses me greatly, but there's also a running joke about this shirt. This was actually a Christmas present from a friend of mine, and from then on out, we joked that he gave me a boner for Christmas. Its a bit messed up really, but its a hilarious shirt and it always makes someone smile when I wear it. It came from Glamour Kills/ Jagk, the clothing line of Jack Barakat. He frankly needs to make more of these, I would like another one in a different color because I like it that much.
Now this one, I don't wear very often. Its not really my style, but I had to have something in memory of this night and this was the best design they had. Its very comfortable though! I got this at the acoustic show Zach Myers of Shinedown and Justin Moore of Ingram Hill did and that night is something I will never forget. Zach and Justin put on a two hour performance, of them doing whatever they wanted. They were just two friends playing music just for the fun of it. It was the most pure thing I think I've ever seen, and it was just incredible. To add to that, I sat down and interviewed the two of them together, and it ended up being sheer luck. I noticed the next day that the email I thought I sent, requesting the interview, was in my drafts. I had mentioned the interview to their tour manager, thinking I sent it and just never got a reply, and apparently there was one he had meant to answer but forgot to. So, he told me to just go talk to Zach, and the interview ended up happening. Then, what actually ended up being a game changer -two days later Shinedown shared my article about the night. I cannot thank them enough for that, because after they did that, I've gotten consistent views. That didn't happen before, so I know it was because they shared what I wrote. I seriously will be forever grateful to Shinedown for that. All of that is connected to this shirt, and therefor, while I rarely wear it, its a favorite. Its probably one of the most meaningful ones I have.
This tank top came from the Spring Fever tour in 2013, and I actually bought it for two reasons. 1) I really liked the design, and had already seen it thanks to the internet. 2) This was the first show I actually wore a band shirt to in a very long time, and it was hot as fuck. Black in the Florida sun isn't always nice. So, I bought it and automatically changed into it because it was a tank top and not black. As gross as this may be, I didn't take it off for two days after that. I definitely slept in it after the show, and the next night as well. Its extremely comfortable and I just love it for that really! Its definitely my most worn Pierce The Veil shirt.
(Don't ask what my most worn piece of merch is over all, because frankly, I don't have a damn clue.)
I just love this one because its from my favorite MCR song, "Famous Last Words", and happens to be my favorite line. I don't have anything really to say about that, except it speaks to me on a personal level. At some point, I will probably explain, but for now, I'm just going to leave ti at that. I'm perfectly fine trying to do things on my own. It doesn't always work, but its worth trying.
This is probably the only non-black shirt I wear frequently, now that I think of it. I absolutely love this shirt because it references two All Time Low songs in one. "A Love Like War" and "Time Bomb." I didn't notice the Time Bomb reference until after I got it home, actually. I saw the bomb as a record with a broken heart inside, until I got it home and saw what it was for real. I just liked it even more after that.
This Miss May I shirt is freaking adorable, and it was a birthday present from a friend a couple years back. I really just like it because its adorable, and actually didn't want to buy it for myself because I don't actively listen to Miss May I. I do every now and then, but not over all, so I didn't want to buy this for myself. I love it none the less, and do wear it a lot.
So now, that brings me to the end of the favorites. Well, the favorites I chose before I got it all together, anyways. There's some other pieces that I almost included but decided not to.
As I was gathering, a friend asked me how many of those were from concerts. There's 19 that I have personally gotten from concerts over the years. One however, I got at a thrift store and then later found out it actually was being sold at Skillet concerts for $25 -I paid .25c.
Most of the rest came from Hot Topic, though one came from Spencer's Gifts, one was a Hustler Club shirt a friend outgrew, and the Boner shirt obviously is a Glamour Kills product.
Just in case anyone was as curious as I was, as of July 13, 2015, this is the 'inventory' of every article of band merch I own.
72 tops in total, 19 are from concerts.
Over all I have;
4 Papa Roach, 4 My Chemical Romance, 5 Black Veil Brides, 17 All Time Low, 8 Pierce The Veil, 3 Remedy X, 4 Mayday Parade, 2 A Day To Remember, 3 Escape The Fate, 3 Asking Alexandria, 2 Shinedown, 2 Sleeping With Sirens, 2 Falling In Reverse, and then one from all of the following bands;
The Pretty Reckless, Bring Me The Horizon, As It Is, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Slipknot, Three Days Grace, Islander, Miss May I, Fall Out Boy, Adelita's Way, Within Reason, Of Mice And Men, We Are Harlot, Skillet, Bargain Bin Heroes, and Sunshine And Bullets.
4 Papa Roach, 2 Shinedown (Well, one is Zach Myers),
Then one from Adelita's Way, Within Reason, The Pretty Reckless, Slipknot, As It Is, Three Days Grace, Mayday Parade, Pierce The Veil and All Time Low.
...And the crazy thing is my collection is forever growing. So, tell me, how much band merch do you have? Also what are your favorite pieces and why? Reminder that you can let me know over on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! I'm curious to see what all you guys have collected.
Dear Immortal Music fans,
As some of you may remember, I applied to the Alternative Press Music Awards. Today I received an email stating that they cannot give me a pass for it. This is actually the first rejection email, I have ever gotten. Normally, when rejections are decided, they just never say another word to you. So, I actually am grateful that they chose to say something rather than just never respond again.
I actually am not slightly surprised that I didn't get this pass. I applied just before Easter of this year, and did hear back once. A few weeks passed and I decided to check in again, just to see where I stood with them. The lady responded with a question.
"And which outlet is this for?'
Admittedly, I found this slightly laughable, and slightly insulting all at once because they were the ones who sent me the form to request a pass in the first place. Being a huge event, and one that was presented to me, I applied. After being forgotten, I felt it was safe to assume I was not getting to go to the APMAs.
My assumption was correct, but come to find out I wasn't exactly forgotten. Come to find out, they had over 300 applications for the APMAs, and just had a lot to work with. I'm not entirely surprised by this, but at the same time the number did sound like a lot to me.
I really just wanted to write this to say thank you to AP for actually being considerate, and wanted to ask something of you guys out there.
Please cross your fingers, toes, and whatever else you feel like crossing -except your eyes, please don't do that. Its bad for your eyes, and you won't be able to read the rest of this. Cross things and send good vibes because another big event I applied to might actually be possible. Whilst at Warped tour actually, I got an email basically stating that I got past the first level of consideration for the Rock Allegiance festival.
This is a massive deal, and frankly, I'm trying so hard not to get my hopes up for this. I've never gotten an email like that one that didn't ultimately end up going through, but since it is across the country, there is a chance that I will not get it. I keep trying to remind myself of that, but given what I just said, that's actually quite the challenge for me.
Not to mention, getting this, gives me the chance to interview a couple of my favorites, such as Adam Gontier, or any member of Papa Roach. There's also possibility there for Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Korn, Bring The Horizon, Art Of Dying, Nothing More and several more. Obviously, none of these are guaranteed, even if the pass is granted, but all could be possible. Plausible, no, but possible, maybe.
This festival is pretty damn close to my dream concert lineup, so obviously I'm excited and wanted to talk about it. I have a plan to try to do reviews for many of the artists involved with the Rock Allegiance festival, so stay tuned for that! I won't know until probably late September if I get to go, but I can promise that you will know about it as soon as I know.
Meanwhile, I am trying to get back into the swing of posting more content again, so keep checking back for all of it!
The Vans Warped tour came to Saint Petersburg on July 3, 2015. Warped tour is known for being a little hectic, very hot and full of excitement. Admittedly, Immortal Music has been a bit cynical in the past about Warped tour, but this year proved to be quite the unforgettable.
Remedy X was chosen as one of five Battle Of The Bands winners at this date, and as their manager, I obviously went with them. Not only was this the first big thing for Remedy X, but this was also the first time Immortal Music was ever represented.
Early on Friday, July 3, we set out for the show. Three fourths of Remedy X was in one car, with myself and a friend of ours, while Josh was in a different car with two friends. When we got there, we were sent down a very long walk to the venue, and had to walk through all the tour buses. I wanted to vlog then so badly, but at the risk of getting in trouble, I did not. Definitely wanted to though because on the way I saw Jaime Preciado of Pierce The Veil, Kevin Thrasher of Escape The Fate, countless roadies, and probably others, who I am forgetting at this second.
Let me just say something -being inside Warped tour as its still being set up is very interesting. We stopped and talked to several merch people, hoping someone knew where the stage we were supposed to be at was, just to discover it hadn't been set up yet. Probably twenty minutes passed, and finally it was set up and I was handed our neon yellow Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands wristbands.
As Remedy went to gather their equipment, I decided to wander around the still vacant Warped tour. Again, I really wanted to vlog but really was concerned about being told off and possibly jeopardizing Remedy's performance before they even got to play. I did end up filming a short little clip, as I approached a couple other Battle Of The Bands winners by the Ernie Ball stage. Looking back at it, I probably could have done it and been perfectly fine, but its okay. I got a ton of footage anyways!
Since Remedy went to get their stuff and one of us had to stay inside Warped tour, I decided to hang back. I can't carry most of their equipment anyways, and this gave me a moment to explore. For some reason, it kind of fascinated me watching everything slowly come together. Why? I have no idea, I think its because you only see the final outcome, so seeing all the hard work that goes into making it exist is eye opening. Most of the tents were not up yet, and it was just interesting seeing it all come together.
One of the tents that was being put together was Adam Elmakias' merch tent, and he was actually there helping. I wanted to go over and introduce myself, but he and the merch girl were clearly discussing how to set everything up so I didn't interrupt. However, just as I decided to, and turned around to grab my camera out of its bag, he was gone. Through out the day, never saw him again actually. Oh well, one day our worlds' will actually collide. He and Bryan Stars were the main ones I wanted to meet at Warped tour, and oddly never even saw Bryan anywhere.
Surprisingly, I didn't meet a single band member at Warped tour, but we (meaning myself and a friend of mine) did get to see every band we wanted to see. We saw Remedy, obviously, Escape The Fate, As It Is, Blessthefall, Pierce The Veil, and Black Veil Brides.
Remedy played at 11:30, right after the doors opened. They didn't have a huge crowd, but I saw plenty of people walking past them showing interest. Some were headbanging, some just were watching as they walked. I get it, the doors had just opened and you want to scope out everything and figure out where you're going. The people who were there though, were pretty cool, and one thing that made me very happy was the security guards.
Its incredibly rare to see security guards actually enjoying themselves while on duty, but both of the ones at the Ernie Ball stage were definitely enjoying themselves. The one was sort of nodding his head along during Remedy's performance, and the other actually asked about the Immortal Music shirts. So, kudos to Vinoy Park in Saint Petersburg, FL for hiring cool security guards for Warped tour. I've seen some cool security guards in the past, but its very rare none the less.
As Remedy was setting up to play, I grabbed them water bottles and decided to take a picture while on the stage. That's when it became real to me. I pretty much bounced off the stage, with tears in my eyes because I just got overwhelmed with thoughts of "This is fucking real. This is fucking happening."
They did a great job, and I took a ton of pictures. Its definitely the most memorable performance they've done so far. I'm so proud of them, and made sure they knew it. The moment they got off stage and got everything to the merch tent, I forced hugs upon all of them. And water. They all needed water, of course.
Right after that though, I grabbed my bag and some water, and set off to go explore without actually saying a word to Remedy. The first tent we stopped at was the Vans tent -where they had the most perfect shirt for me. Its a white tank top with the same vampire mouth I use for most Immortal Music things. As I'm standing there exclaiming to my friend about how amazing it is and how I never wear white but simply cannot leave without it, The merch guy over heard us, and came over to tell me they were $15. We told him why this was so cool to me, and my friend handed him my business card. He saw it, took one look and then said "That's awesome! I don't mean to sell you on this but...you need that." I agreed, and that's when he told me every shirt came with a free bag or hat. As if I hadn't already been totally sold, that just made it even better. So, with my amazing new shirt, came a galaxy print drawstring bag.
As I was digging through my bag to find my wallet, I heard the beginning of "Choose Your Fate" by Escape The Fate. We had not seen the set times yet, and frankly, I figured I wouldn't see anyone I wanted. The set times I had been seeing for every date leading up to this had my favorites playing later in the day, when we were planning on leaving. Nearly everyone had work early the next day, and we had a long drive ahead of us. So, when I heard that, naturally, I got excited. I heard it and instantly went, "Escape the Fate is starting???" The merch guy sort of chuckled, and quickly reminded me it was $15 for the shirt. As I handed him the money, he just smiled and said, "Go watch Escape The Fate."
They did so good! This was my third time seeing Escape The Fate live, and they have yet to disappoint once. I couldn't see very well, because of the crowd, but they just did such a great job. I won't ruin their set list, but I will say they played their new song, "Just A Memory" and I cannot wait to hear the studio version. I recorded some of it as well (and a mosh pit that happened at the same moment), and like everything else I've mentioned thus far, it is part of the vlog.
From there, we watched a song from Fit For a King, and shopped quite a bit. I'm pretty sure we looked at every interesting tent there was, and I got a Black Veil Brides shirt, a "I Would Rather be At A Concert" shirt from the YouTubers tent, the Vans shirt I already talked about and one I sadly lost that said "Warped tour Famous" on it. That shirt made things interesting.
I bought it, and then promptly must have dropped it somewhere. The girl at that merch tent (sadly, I forget the name) really liked the Immortal Music shirts (the friend who was with me was wearing one) so I decided to offer a possible trade. They said if it was their shirt, they would say yes in a heartbeat, but the shirt I bought wasn't theirs to give away. Its designed by Ryan Seaman of Falling In Reverse, and he was just asked to sell them. That was it.
Now here's the ironic thing. Earlier in the day, before Remedy got on stage, I saw someone who looked like Ryan Seaman walk past the tent. I saw this guy walk by and instantly thought, "That guy looks like Ryan from Falling In Reverse...Falling In Reverse isn't here though...That can't be him." As it turns out, I was dead wrong. When the guy told me that shirt was Ryan's design, and that he was filling in for Matchbook Romance's drummer, I pretty much instantly exclaimed, "I thought I saw him earlier! I thought I was going crazy."
The guy laughed and said, "No, you apparently did see him. And he's doing a signing later with Matchbook at their tent if you want to talk to him about this." I asked the guy if he thought Ryan would go for such an idea. He said he didn't know, but it was worth a shot.
Now sadly, I did not end up actually doing it. Their signing was at six pm, and just before that it started raining, so they started shutting some stuff down. We left not long after that ourselves, because everything was slowly closing and we were exhausted anyway. So, sadly, that didn't happen but it would have been a very cool story! And, if nothing else, it gave me ideas for the future.
The rain started in the middle of Black Veil Brides set and let me just say this -I have never been so happy to be caught in the rain EVER. I handle heat pretty well -give me water and sunscreen, and I'm good. Given, I'm usually in a bikini top and shorts, but hey -at least I'm not passing out from heat stroke. I was exhausted by the time Black Veil Brides got on stage though, and it actually hit me just after As It Is, which was about two hours previous to their set. Plus, it was probably 97 degrees (plus humidity, so really it felt like it was over 100), I was running on about three hours sleep, had already been up for 12 or 13 hours and in the sun for eight of those hours, AND rocked out to several bands. I'm also shorter than everyone else, so I couldn't see where I was for BVB, and it just made it hotter because of all the body heat surrounding all of me.
I was literally considering leaving my friend in the crowd to go sit down when all the sudden a drop of rain hit me on the forehead. I've only been to one other show where it rained, and that was Uproar last summer. That time though, it full on stormed, so it basically drowned (literally) everything out. This time, it was starting to full on storm, but was just raining at first and it was incredibly refreshing. Clearly, I wasn't the only one who felt that way, because the crowd around me just seemed to get more energized the moment it started raining. That appeared to make Andy Biersack incredibly happy because he addressed the rain a couple of times, and thanked the crowd for staying. He also kept giving the sky one of those, "What the hell are you doing?" looks, which for some reason amused me.
This was my second time seeing Black Veil Brides lived and they definitely impressed me. Last time I saw them, they only had two albums out and have grown so much since then. Probably the best two songs they played were In The End and Fallen Angels. The crowd was so into it, and it probably helped that they played those after everyone was cooled off and soaked from the rain. That just made it so much fun. We actually left not long after that. Remedy had packed up the tent and everyone was exhausted anyway, so we decided to head out.
Just before Black Veil Brides though was Pierce The Veil, and frankly, I think I forgot how much I enjoyed Pierce The Veil. I had seen them before, but it was two years ago and I think this time was more fun. Again, not going to ruin the set list, but I will say this, they opened with the new one, "The Divine Zero" and it was so much fun live, and "Hell Above" is MADE FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES. I mean, hello, its pretty much about a concert, so that's a given.
Man, Pierce The Veil fans are crazy though! I've been to a ton of concerts, and moshing has happened at almost all of them (Even Mayday Parade, which surprised me a little bit) but this was the first time I was actually caught in one. I don't mosh, as I'm pretty sure I personally would get knocked down and stepped on by mistake. So naturally, my reaction was to get on the edge of it and film it. This was during "King For A Day", which I got in its own video! Can I just say too, I love how into it the crowd gets? I think that's one of my favorite things about concerts, if I'm honest, and Pierce The Veil's crowd was very passionate about it. It was just magical. It always is though.
While waiting for them, we watched most of Blessthefall's set, which was pretty good. I'm not a big BTF fan, not going to lie, but I know a good handful of their songs and did enjoy the fact that Beau got creative in an attempt to include all of us waiting on Pierce The Veil on the stage next to them. PTV was on the Unicorn stage, and Blessthefall was on the Shark stage. Beau basically scaled the stage to include all of us over there, and kept trying to get interaction. In the moment even I said that was very smart of him, and was quite impressed that he even tried. It did work pretty well actually, which made the waiting way more enjoyable.
Somehow I started going backwards on the whole recap blog. Don't I always though? I think that's sort of what some people like, how I just write whatever I think. Its not always in order, its kind of disorganized but not all at once, ect, because that's how the brain works sometimes.
Anyways, going with that, I really must talk about As It Is. They're pretty much the only one I got really good pictures of and they are the only band I saw at Warped tour all the way through that I had never seen before. Now I don't mean to sound like a hipster, but I have known about As It Is long before they got signed to Fearless Records. I have been a fan of Patty's YouTube channel for several years now, and through there, I found out about As It Is. So, I'm extremely proud of them all around, and was very excited to see them live. I was only two rows from the barricade and really was impressed! They all did so well, and the banter was hilarious. Ben spoke up to introduce themselves and added, "Don't let his accent fool you, we are a British band. He's....kind of British." He also pointed out that Patty hates it when he teases him on stage, to which Patty responded to by walking over with his hands on his hips and giving him one of those, "I'd hurt you, but we're friends" sort of looks.
Also, I just wanted to take a moment, as a photographer to give Patty some bonus credit. Perhaps its because he's a YouTuber but he's very good at looking at cameras! Its really hard to get a picture of performers to actually look at the cameras. They often do it, but if you don't get the picture the second they do it, that moment is lost forever. This happened, not once but twice for me, with Patty, and I appreciate it greatly. As any photographer would, I'm sure.
I also loved how grateful they seemed just to be playing Warped tour, it just warmed my heart really.
I am slowly running out of time and things to say about Warped tour, so I think I am going to wrap it up now. Thank you so much to Ernie Ball for picking Remedy X as one of the Battle Of The Bands winners, and all of you for reading this!
I feel like I'm forgetting something...Oh yes!
Two things. 1) Just after we got the merch tent set up, a boy came up in a Music = Life tank top. He was the first person to buy an Immortal Music bracelet and it made me very happy because Immortal Music was originally called Music = Life. I didn't even tell the kid the significance. Just told him he was the first one to buy a bracelet and moved on from it.
2) This is something I was thinking of writing about on its own, and definitely will, but its worth mentioning here. Right after Escape The Fate left the stage, I felt my phone vibrate. I checked it, and saw I had an email from the Rock Allegiance Festival press person.
I am trying very hard not to get my hopes up here, but....I got past the first phase of consideration for the festival! I have never once gotten an email like that that did not end up working out. Not going to lie, I actually jumped up and down and squealed when I found out. Perhaps its was the overwhelming joy I was already experiencing, or maybe its just that damn exciting, but it happened. The Rock Allegiance festival features my dream concert lineup, and to be able to cover it is is massive. So, I am very hopeful, but am trying not to be, just so I don't get too crushed if something falls apart.
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